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Honeymoon Beach

Honeymoon Beach on St. John is one of the most popular and beautiful beaches in Virgin Islands National Park complete with iguanas and bar.

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Honeymoon Beach, St. John Overview

Honeymoon Beach (located next to Salomon Beach) is one of the most beautiful and popular beaches in Virgin Islands National Park on St. John. Honeymoon Beach is home to some of the last remaining leaning palms the island as once famous for prior to Hurricane Maria in 2017 along with crystal blue waters, white sands, along with a snack shack (that has booze).

Honeymoon Beach is located adjacent to the currently-shuttered, luxurious Caneel Bay Resort.

In this post we’ll cover everything you need to know about Honeymoon Beach and the hike to them including:

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Honeymoon Beach | Virgin Islands National Park, St. John USVI

Things to Know Before Visiting Honeymoon Beach

Closed-toed sandals or hiking boots are your friend.
  •  FOOTWEAR: We recommend wearing hiking sandals or shoes for the hike down to the beach. Most of the trail is rocky and root-filled which could cause problems for folks wearing flip flops.
Do not touch our dear friend, the sea turtle.
  • Sea Turtles: Green Sea Turtles are protected under the Endangered Species Act. Believe it or not it is a felony to touch one. As tempting as it might be, resist the urge and admire from a distance. We’ve all gotten pretty good at social distancing – best to apply these practices to our sea turtle friends as well.
Goggles and flippers for the win.
Underwater camera housing… to ruin, or not to ruin.
  • UNDERWATER CAMERA HOUSING: So here we must add the caveat that we lost a camera to the depths in Virgin Islands National Park (at Maho Bay). Anytime you get your camera near water, let alone saltwater, you’re taking a risk. With that being said we have used this underwater camera housing in the past and had luck with it.
Please, Wear Sunscreen.
  • SUNSCREEN: Goes without saying but we’ll say it anyway – wear sunscreen! The Caribbean is unforgiving on unprotected skin. We’ve made that mistake enough times to make lathering up a top priority. We highly recommend this one that we’ve been using for years and buy in bulk.
Rash guards are great for extra UV protection, especially after that inevitable burn.
  • RASH GUARD: We were told to be sure and pack rash guards for this trip not so much for the coral etc but for extra UV protection (especially for Will who burns easily). We got these inexpensive ones off amazon and we were sure glad to have them.

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Honeymoon Beach | Virgin Islands National Park, USVI

Best Time to Visit Honeymoon Beach

The best time to visit Honeymoon Beach is in the morning around to claim a good spot on the beach before it fills up. This beach is an idyllic setting to spend a day relaxing.

Getting to Honeymoon Beach

The Trailhead to Honeymoon Beach is a 2 minute drive from Cruz Bay where the main island ferry lands. To get to the trailhead folks can drive and park or just walk from Cruz Bay.

Honeymoon Beach itself can either be accessed by water via a boat or the Lind Point Trail. 

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Honeymoon Beach | Virgin Islands National Park, St. John USVI

Honeymoon Beach Trail Info (Lind Point Trail)

The Lind Point Trail to Honeymoon Beach is a lovely trail that starts in Cruz Bay at the Virgin Islands National Park Visitor Center and takes hikers to Salomon Beach and then Honeymoon Beach. The trail is 1 mile each way and is a bit rocky and root-filled so be sure to wear hiking sandals or shoes.

Leinster Bay Trail Length: 1 mile each way

Time Needed: 1-2hours

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Honeymoon Beach Snorkeling | Virgin Islands National Park, St. John USVI

Snorkeling Honeymoon Beach

Honeymoon Beach offers warm, crystal clear waters making for fun snorkeling opportunities. The ocean bottom is mostly sandy with occasional sea turtles, rays, and more.

If you’re looking for snorkel gear this is the inexpensive set we used. We also liked this cool American Flag swimming cap!

If you’re looking for an underwater camera rig, we used this underwater camera housing in the past and had luck with it.

Snorkeling gear is available at the seasonal snack shack at Honeymoon Beach.

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Honeymoon Beach | Virgin Islands National Park, St. John USVI

Best Photo Spots Honeymoon Beach

The best spot to photograph Honeymoon Beach is from the beach itself taking advantage of some of the last remaining leaning palms on the island since Hurricane Maria struck in 2017.

Honeymoon Beach After Hurricane Maria

Hurricane Maria had a devastating impact on the Caribbean islands, especially St. John, home to Virgin Islands National Park. Many of the photos of the park you’ll find feature locations that have been totally changed since the hurricane hit the island in 2017. 

With that being said, Honeymoon Beach is one of the few spots that was left with leaning palms and is still stunningly beautiful – well worth the trip!

*all of our photos of the park feature it in its current condition, post-2017 hurricane Maria damage

Nearby Honeymoon Beach

There are many amazing spots near Honeymoon Beach including: America Hill Ruins, Maho Bay, Trunk Bay, Annaberg Ruins, Cinnamon Bay, and Francis Bay.








Honeymoon Beach Photos | Virgin Islands National Park, St. John USVI

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